Description of Lori’s Art Background:
Lori received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Hawaii, majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in Painting and Photography. Soon after Lori first moved to San Diego in 1984, she began her career as a graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer. Her work at The San Diego Union-Tribune and Jostens Learning Corporation won both local and national awards. Traveling overseas has played a big part in Lori’s growth as an artist. Her passion for intense cultural immersion and exploration of the human experience has acutely shaped her style of painting and point of view. Her years of traveling, working and volunteering on four continents have instilled in her a deep fondness for the crafts of artisans around the world. Lori uses this appreciation along with her photographs and sketches as a source of inspiration for her paintings today.
1985 - 1993:
Over the course of Lori’s premier years as a graphic designer, her work received national and local recognition:
The Ad Club of San Diego, Merit Award for Trade Show Exhibition Design; The Art Directors Club 71st National Exhibition, Merit Awards for Book Design; The Creative Show of San Diego, Awards of Excellence for Art Direction and Design of Books, Posters, Packaging and Advertising; Society of Illustrators 34th Annual National Exhibition, Certificate of Merit for Art Direction/Book Illustration.
Exhibitions and Shows:
2000 - 2004:
Lori was a member of the Freight House Art Gallery in Tacoma, Washington, a long standing favorite in that Northwest community. There she displayed and sold her paintings and joined in numerous group exhibitions, shows and auctions.
Vertical Faces and Lateral Places, sponsored by the East Village Company in downtown San Diego. This was Lori’s first solo art show and featured a collection of over 50 paintings and photographs inspired by her recent travels in Southeast Asia and Australia.
Painted Melodies, sponsored by the East Village Company in downtown San Diego. Lori and two other San Diego artists created new paintings to celebrate and interpret some of their favorite songs by singer-songwriter,
Women’s Caucus for the Arts, San Diego Chapter; Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Lori’s painting and graphic design studio is in her home.
Explanation of Materials and Techniques:
Lori’s work is eclectic - a confluence of multi-cultural ideas and contemporary design. Her use of dots to create purposeful shapes of color and pattern, tempered by bold plains of textured paint, produce a vibrant, energetic, graphic, yet organic result.